The Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus is a community choral ensemble of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people and their allies, dedicated to providing and performing an eclectic and entertaining offering of quality choral music which reflects the diverse nature of our community and serves to unite us with the wider community around us.
In the spring of 1991, following a performance by the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus in Syracuse, a sign-up sheet was made available for people interested in forming a similar chorus in Syracuse. Originally the idea was that this was to be a men’s chorus, but thankfully several courageous women added their names to the list. Planning meetings were held and finally a mixed chorus was formed.
In the late summer of 1991 the chorus met for their first rehearsal. Over thirty like-minded people attended the first rehearsal. Preparation for our first concert took several months, culminating with two sold out performances of our holiday concert in December of 1991. The chorus has been performing regularly ever since. Our numbers have grown considerably, as has our musical skill. In addition to our full scale concerts, we have performed and continue to perform several road concerts throughout New York State.
Stephen Gamba is very excited to be the new director of The Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus. He is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education, and Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA with a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration. He has been an educator for 20 years.
In 1997 he moved to Atlanta, GA where he was a featured actor, guest conductor and soloist throughout the Southeast. Steve has been a guest conductor of several All County and Area All-State festivals and assistant conductor and tenor section leader at Atlanta’s North Avenue Presbyterian Church. In 2001 and 2003 he was a featured soloist at The Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charelston, South Carolina.. He spent four summers in the North Georgia Mountains working with Southern Appalachian Stages on The Reach of Song, which is the official historic drama of the State of Georgia. He composed the vocal arrangements for their original production of The Far Blue Mountains and also originated the role of Karl. In 2009, he was nominated for a Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Award for excellence in choreography.
Upon moving back to his hometown of Auburn three years ago, he joined the Board of Directors of The Auburn Players Community Theatre, Inc. and in 2011 he was elected President. Most recently he was the director, music director and conductor of their production of Annie.
Steve has been a featured performer in theaters in Central New York as well as the Southeast. Some favorite roles include the title role in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Cornelius Hakl in Hello Dolly!, Fred/Petrucchio in Kiss Me Kate, Danny in Baby, and Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods. Melchoir in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Jinx in Forever Plaid, The Baker in Into the Woods, George in Same Time, Next Year, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, and Thomas Andrews in Titanic: The Musical. He is very grateful for this opportunity and looks forward to years of great music making!